Wednesday, May 13, 2020

John Oliver describes the plight of the United States Postal Service

It's only been five days since I posted John Oliver and Vox on coronavirus testing, but it's time for an update already. This time, it's John Oliver's take on why we need to save the Postal Service, including voting by mail during a pandemic. Watch USPS: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO).

As the U.S. Postal Service faces financial catastrophe, John Oliver discusses why the service is so important, what brought it to this point, and what we can do to help.
The good news is that the House of Representatives has listened, including aid to the USPS in the HEROES Act. Reuters includes that item in Democrats float $3 trillion U.S. coronavirus bill.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief package with funding for states, businesses, food support and families, only to see the measure flatly rejected by Senate Republicans.
The bad news is that Mitch McConnell plans on being the "Grim Reaper" with this bill, just as he has hundreds of others. Sigh. As I wrote in July when I first mentioned McConnell making the Senate a graveyard for the House's legislation, it's enough to drive one to drink. Instead of posting a drink recipe, I'll recycle another thought of mine.
I was wondering what the my mailbox would look like without junk mail. Now I'm finding out. As I've written about lower birth rates, "Be careful what you wish for; you might get it." It's hard to vote by mail without the USPS, along with all the other services it provides.


  1. Our only hope is that Trump gets infected and dies.

    1. I'm not sure that will help much, as McConnell will be just as much of an obstinate turtle and Pence will be just as in favor of privatization. He might not have Trump's grudge against Jeff Bezos, though.